As I’ve been searching for a job, I have found that it can be extremely daunting to find employment when you’re not sure of what you should be doing. About a month ago I got a Monster.com account, and had no troubles filling out my profile information until it asked me what job I would like to apply for… Yikes! What should I be doing? There are SO many things on that list, dang it. I could definitely count out anything math-related, or engineering jobs, but what else can I take off the list?
So I got to thinking, maybe I should make a list of things I like to do. If I made a list of things I find enjoyable, could help me come to some conclusions about what I should be doing. So, without further ado, here is my list.
Things I like:
- Surfing the interwebs
- Making up recipes for desserts
- Interior decorating
- Pinterest (follow me here)
Hmmm..Okay, so what does it mean?
Maybe I should get more specific… Because being web-surfing baker of original cakes/fashion writer and home decor maven sounds delightful, but maybe not entirely practical..
How about a list of things I was particularly good at during my last job (a secretary of sorts), to see if they can cross reference the things that I like to come up with a good job for me.
- Excellent organizational skills
- Good with people
- Filing whiz
So clearly I made it out of my last job with clerical skills, and to be honest, I’ve been applying to a lot of administrative assistant jobs, and I know that I could do that proficiently, but goodness, where is the joy? I loved my last job because of the friends that I made there, not because I was fulfilled by the work. So where does this leave me?
My desire for shoes is strong, and I would love to be able to tell people I have a job when they ask me what I’ve been up to. I think that seeing people who I haven’t seen in a long time is the worst, now that I have no job, and am basically a housewife. It makes it harder because my husband’s family are all very successful, very intelligent lovely, kind and wonderful folks… It makes it difficult to paste a smile on my face and say, “I’m still looking for something.”
After a month of settling for a job that I definitely can do, but find no joy in, I have decided to look for something closer to following my dreams, rather than following a paycheck.
So, I made a new list: What I don’t like about my last job
- Cubicles: I can’t stand feeling boxed in
- No real challenge
- Being looked down on by the people I worked for (I worked at a University, and in academic culture it’s the norm to classify people based on how much education they have had…But PhDs can been particularly snoody about it…I.e. if you don’t have your PhD, you are not as good as them.. Of course, that is not everyone- I am married to the most unassuming, sweet, brilliant man and he has his doctorate, but he is rare).
- Office politics- you can’t avoid them, but they seem particularly bad in a university setting
- Bureaucracy- OH MY GOD, the amount of time it takes to get anything done is kind of astounding.
I can see that working in an office setting is not the best option for me. I’m thinking I need a job where I get to be social, creative, and see the sunshine instead of three sides of a cubicle.
Did you make a list? What does yours say? Share with me! I would love to know what you guys are thinking.
Tune in next time for details on my first trip to Washington D.C.!!